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Grant Opportunities for 2014

Debbie Bowsher, Kassidy and Jack Rhinaman enjoying the art and the company.

Community Foundation Awards over $34,000 to Miami County

November 20, 2014 -The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) celebrated the art of philanthropy with donors and charitable organizations at a fund founder celebration and grant reception held Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Peru Community Schools Fine Art Gallery in Peru.

Connie Cutler, Director of Development for the MCCF, along with Tom McKaig, MCCF Board President, Marsha Minard, MCCF Secretary and Grant Chairman and Jay Albright, Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation presented six charitable organizations with over $34,000 in grants to benefit all of Miami County.

The evening’s special presentations came from Tom McCaig, who spoke about the GIFT VI match incentive offered to the Community Foundation through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Now through March 2016, donations to Miami County’s unrestricted community funds will be matched $1 for $1, which will lead to an additional $20,000 annually in community grantmaking dollars. The MCCF operational fund will benefit $1 for every $2 given to all other permanent endowment funds.

Craig Langley, Senior Vice President of First Farmers Bank & Trust announcing their $10,000 gift.

First Farmers Bank & Trust made a generous announcement regarding the GIFT VI match. Craig Langley, Senior Vice President presented a check to Connie Culter in the amount of $10,000 to benefit of the Miami County Operating Fund. This gift is a kick-off of the Lilly Endowment matching program and incentive for moving the MCCF closer to meeting their matching dollars initiative.

Local charitable organizations were also honored during the event, with the announcement of grants made from the MCCF’s unrestricted community grant dollars. These grants were selected through a competitive application process and reviewed by a panel of local citizens and members of the MCCF service committee.

Human service organizations received the largest portion of the annual grants. United Way of Miami County received $10,000 for the Community Resource Network system. This computer program links basic need providers with those who need assistance. The goal is to eliminate duplication of services and better manage charitable dollars. Harvesting Capabilities was awarded $1,000 to purchase equipment to help people with disabilities fully engage in life, through their Adaptive Equipment Giveaway Program. Miami County Helping Hands, Inc. received the last installment of a 5 year Impact Grant with their award of $4,000. This grant supports Helping Hand’s immediate needs as well as building their permanent endowment fund for the future.

Lynda and Kaleb Murphy supporting the Community Foundation though The S.A.M. Foundation.

Recreational and community development projects were supported with grants to the Circus Hall of Fame for restoration of the “North Barn”. This building is listed as National Historic Landmark and received a $3,400 grant. The Izaak Walton League of America, Miami County Chapter, will also make upgrades to their facility with an award of $2,000.

American Heritage Girls’ Troop IN0410 will purchase a camping equipment trailer with a grant in the amount of $7,500. This organization allows girls and adults to experience the outdoors in a setting that is safe, educational, and fun while learning leadership and life skills. They have been active in Miami County since 2004 and provide programming to 32 local girls.

Educational programming was touched with a grant to the BOOKS Program, and their final installment of a 5 year Impact Grant supporting current programming and future investment into the organization. The Peru Public Library received $400 for Grant Station, a grant research program that is open to the public for researching granting opportunities on a nation and local level.

The MCCF has awarded over $230,000 in grants and $141,300 in scholarships in 2014.

Recipients of 2014 MCCF grant dollars. Back row: Linda Gustin, Harvesting Capabilities; Norma Poor, American Heritage Girls; Carol Biddle, Harvesting Capabilities; John Fugate, Circus Hall of Fame; Debbie Bowsher, Izaak Walton League. First Row: Kathy Kunkle, American Heritage Girls; Cheryl Lee, Harvesting Capabilities; Debi Wallick, United Way of Miami County.